KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Scott Shafer did not travel a straight career line to KQED. He started his radio news career with KPFA in Berkeley, KFBK in Sacramento and KOIT in San Francisco.
He left radio for a few years (or rather, radio left him after format changes where he worked) and plunged into the world of politics, a.k.a. "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992, Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as Press Secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as Chief of Staff. After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED 88.5FM in 1998.
As host and correspondent of the statewide California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans issues to health care and gay marriage. He's won many awards for excellence, including ones from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI), the Society for Professional Journalists and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He also hosts the "Health Dialogues" series on important health issues facing our state.
When he's not at work Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations are Spain, Italy and Mexico.
Email Scott: email@example.com
Call Scott: (415) 553-2255
Stories (303 archives)
It's a duty of citizenship that arouses mixed feelings: jury duty. In all 50 states only U.S. citizens can serve on juries. But one of the bills on Governor Jerry Brown's desk would make California the first state where non-citizens are eligible for jury service.
Some are calling it the biggest change for U.S. health care since the start of Medicare nearly 50 years ago. Whether you love it or hate it, embrace it or fear it, the Affordable Care Act is moving ahead.
The San Diego City Council will vote this afternoon on an agreement that would reportedly have taxpayers cover some costs related to charges of sexual harassment by Mayor Bob Filner, in exchange for his resignation.
San Diego is known for its beaches and sunny weather -- but these days a large shadow has been cast over the city by its mayor, Bob Filner. At least 16 women say Filner made inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances toward them over the past few years, plunging his office into crisis just seven months into his term. If Filner resigns or is recalled, he'll be the third of the city's last six elected mayors to leave office amidst controversy.
California immigrants who've had minor brushes with the law will benefit from a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday. The decision could make it easier for some to avoid deportation.